Scammers are sending out spoofed emails posing as Amazon. Customers have received an authentic-looking email saying that their password needs to be reset. Those who believed the email was legitimate took the bait and entered their new username and password. The crooks took this information and maxed out their Amazon accounts.
The scammers immediately purchase things like gift cards that are sent to their email accounts before they get caught. Victims are left holding the bill for the purchase. And, in some cases, people’s accounts are maxed out.
Watch Out For Other Versions Of The Amazon Scam
Also, watch out for emails from Amazon that say there’s a problem with an order or that you must update shipping information. And, similar scams are circulating that target other online and financial sites.
What Should You Do?
These scammers are smart and many work for organized crime syndicates. You must always be on your guard. If you receive an email requesting a password change, go directly to Amazon and log in. NEVER respond to anything like this from your email. Go to the legitimate Amazon website to change your login credentials. The same goes for any online service including your bank or credit card accounts.
Here’s What Else Amazon Says To Do
“Don’t open any attachments or click any links from suspicious emails. If you’ve already opened an attachment or clicked a suspicious link, go to Protect Your System.”